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MLB Facility Notes: Dodgers Looking To Play Game At Coliseum

Dodgers Contemplating Game
At L.A. Memorial Coliseum
In L.A., Bill Shaikin reports the Dodgers “are exploring the possibility of staging one game at the [L.A.] Coliseum next year” as part of their 50th year in the city. Coliseum GM Pat Lynch said that the team “inquired about the availability of various dates during the regular season as well as spring training.” Lynch: “They can do whatever they want, as long as we’re able to play football in the fall.” Shaikin notes the “quirky field dimensions ... make it more likely that [MLB] officials would sanction an exhibition game” at the venue. The team shared the stadium for four years with USC, UCLA and the Rams after relocating from Brooklyn (L.A. TIMES, 10/26).

BLEACHER CREATURES: In Boston, Scott Van Voorhis notes the Red Sox will open the Bleacher Bar behind the center field wall in Fenway Park in '09. Red Sox Senior VP/Planning & Development Janet Marie Smith said that the restaurant “is just one of four possible locations on the team’s radar screen,” and the team would “prefer to give local restaurateurs a crack at the new locations.” Smith: “I don’t know if it’s a hard and fast commitment to say no [chain restaurants], but it’s certainly not where we have been looking” (BOSTON HERALD, 10/26).

ORANGE YOU READY? In Ft. Lauderdale, Sarah Talalay reports Miami City Commissioners decided Thursday they “want a full report on the status of ballpark negotiations” at their December 13 meeting, but they also “want a public declaration from the Marlins sooner as to whether the team wants a stadium at the Orange Bowl site.” Miami Commission Vice Chair Joe Sanchez said that the city “has been negotiating with the Marlins long enough and if a ballpark will not be built there, he wants the city to consider options such as a park, soccer stadium or affordable housing” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 10/26).

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